Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a moderately slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than allegretto but faster than adagio. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • n. An andante passage or movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a moderately slow tempo; faster than adagio but slower than allegretto.
  • n. A passage having this mark.
  • adv. Played at a moderately slow tempo.
  • adj. Describing a passage having this mark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving moderately slow, but distinct and flowing; quicker than larghetto, and slower than allegretto.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, moving with a moderate, even, graceful progression.
  • n. A movement or piece composed in andante time: as, the andante in Beethoven's fifth symphony.
  • Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: andante con moto, in flowing style, with some quickness; andante ma non troppo, in flowing style, but not too slow; andante cantabile, with the movement of a song; andante maestoso, with a stately movement; andante pastorale, in the easy style of a pastoral melody.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
  • n. a moderately slow tempo (a walking pace)
  • adv. at a moderately slow tempo
  • adj. (of tempo) moderately slow

Etymologies

Italian, from present participle of andare, to walk, ultimately perhaps from Latin ambulāre; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • - Collective Sigh: andante is back and brings us up to date.

    Friday Blogaround

  • - Collective Sigh: andante is pissed at the insurance business.

    Friday Blogaround

  • The andante is a scene of reproach and complaint, but as between immortals.

    Amiel's Journal

  • And I think the only way to write about it well is to establish a tempo comparable to the one most suitable for reading the book -- which is to say "andante," a walking tempo.

    A late start ...

  • The penultimate andante movement is especially memorable for its haunting lineups and groupings, which interconnect and configure the eight women as far more than a sum of their parts.

    Where Dancers and Patrons Meet for a Duet

  • That was about five years ago, and I can only guess why that dynamic went AWOL in the andante on Friday.

    Allan M. Jalon: Arts Lust: Jonathan Biss Beats the CRIS

  • He achieves something extra-special with the middle movement, the andante, a passionate control that doesn't hurry but pushes its way forward.

    Allan M. Jalon: Arts Lust: Jonathan Biss Beats the CRIS

  • Once past intonation problems in the first movement, she settled into a performance of fierce lyricism, shaped the andante with great beauty and attacked the finale with superb wit.

    LSO/Davis/Kotla - review

  • "It's like a musical symphony, with an andante, allegro and all the rest," he said Thursday.

    Christo's River Art Hearing Wrapped Up By BLM

  • With exquisite balance in the sarabande, a sustained ecstatic melancholy in the andante religioso, and light but earthy folkiness in the finale, this was a compelling account of Grieg's evocative retro masterpiece.

    Norwegian CO

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